New York Times bestsellers for week ended Dec. 14

  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 2:00 PM

FICTION

1. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) A sequel, about race and inheritance, to “A Time to Kill.”

2. THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN, by Mitch Albom. (Harper) A small Michigan town is transformed when its residents receive phone calls said to be from heaven.

3. COMMAND AUTHORITY, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. (Putnam) President Jack Ryan and his son, a covert intelligence expert, try to counter a Russian threat in Tom Clancy’s last novel before his death.

4. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

5. DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King. (Scribner) Now grown up, Dan, the boy with psycho-intuitive powers in “The Shining,” helps another threatened child with a gift.

6. CROSS MY HEART, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown) Alex Cross’ family is threatened by a genius intent on proving his is the greatest mind in the history of crime.

7. THE GODS OF GUILT, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown) Mickey Haller, a k a the Lincoln lawyer, defends a “digital pimp” accused of murder. Outside the courtroom, he confronts killers, crooked cops and an angry daughter.

8. TAKEDOWN TWENTY, by Janet Evanovich. (Bantam) New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a mobster on the lam.

9. INNOCENCE, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam) A grotesque man living in exile beneath the city encounters a teenage girl hiding from dangerous enemies.

10. KING AND MAXWELL, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, scrutinize the report of a soldier’s mysterious death in Afghanistan.

NONFICTION

1. THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer. (Crown Forum) Three decades’ worth of essays from the conservative columnist.

2. KILLING JESUS, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt) The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events leading up to Jesus’ execution.

3. GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SECRET SIX, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. (Sentinel) The story of the Culper spy ring, which aided the American cause during the Revolution.

4. DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown) How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”

5. THE BULLY PULPIT, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster) The author of “Team of Rivals” explores the relationships between Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the muckraking press.

6. MIRACLES AND MASSACRES, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe and Hannah Beck. (Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts) Little-known stories from the American past.

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